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Sit down and write!

41vE++wPhKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I think my friend Claire over at Scribblings calls it free writing, while I call it writing practice, because I discovered it as a form of Zen practice in a wonderful little (but great!) book called Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.
Yea, I mention it quite often.
It’s one of the two books that got me back to writing when I was in university.
Anyway, writing practice or free writing, no matter what you call it, is one of those things writers sometimes do, basically setting a timer and writing whatever comes to mind.

How it is done?
Just like that.
You sit in a place you like, pick the writing tools you prefer (pens, pencils, loose paper, copybooks, keyboard and software… anything goes) and then you write what comes to you.
As simple – or hard – as that. Continue reading

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Cover of "Writing down the Bones"

Nathalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones is (together with Tom Robbin’s Still Life with Woodpecker) the book that got me back to writing after a long dry spell, back in the ’90s*.

Right now I’m re-reading my second-hand copy of Wild Mind – Living the Writier’s Life, which is an ideal sequel to Writing Down the Bones.

The book was very dear to the previous owner – words and passages are underlined, stars are to be found in the margins, marking ideas or paragraphs the previous owner found significant. Continue reading